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The Gunfighters

Catherine Elwes
1985
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The Gunfighters

Edwin and Gerald shoot it out in the living room.

Their freeze-framed gunfight has sinister implications that go beyond innocent boys at play and compels Catherine Elwes to interupt, intrude and to come before the camera. She questions and probes: from whence the violence of small boys and why? Edwin can and can't, will and won't answer. Grimacing and twitching away from the battle scene, he twists in his armchair. Given a real gun he might shoot. He feels affronted. Elwes is dismayed. The game has gone sour. The violence of male children violates the mother.
Tracey Brett, 'Independent Media' 1986

The Gunfighters was made with Gerald Vining and Edwin Scroggie.

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